Detroit Pistons bench shines in 121-102 win over Los Angeles Lakers

Nov 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0), guard Ish Smith (14) and forward Tobias Harris (34) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Suns defeated the Pistons 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0), guard Ish Smith (14) and forward Tobias Harris (34) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Suns defeated the Pistons 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-102 behind a dominating third quarter, plenty of assists, and perhaps the bench’s finest game of the season.

The Detroit Pistons (25-28) won 121-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers (18-37) on Wednesday night behind a season-high 32 assists, a season-high 70 points in the paint, and 50 points from the bench.

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The Pistons fell behind 18-11 early in the first, but took a six-point lead into the half before blowing the game open with a 36-20 third quarter.

The Lakers lead the NBA in bench points per game, but it was Detroit’s who really stepped up tonight. The Pistons’ bench foursome of Tobias Harris, Ish Smith, Stanley Johnson, and Aron Baynes scored 46 points and played terrific for the most part.

But it was Andre Drummond who led the team in scoring tonight. He finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals in just 28 minutes of action.

The Pistons have now won four of their last five and seven of their last eight at home. They remain in the 8th slot in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit Pistons. REGGIE JACKSON. C+. <a rel=. PG

Detroit Pistons. KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE. C. <a rel=. SG

B+. Coming in averaging 24.6 points over his last three games, Morris finished with just 14 points on 14 shots. He did continually attack the rim instead of settling for jumpers though, and he was active on the glass and handed out three assists, including a nice alley oop feed to KCP. He, along with Drummond, were the main catalysts behind the big third quarter.. SF. Detroit Pistons. MARCUS MORRIS

<a rel=. PF. Detroit Pistons. JON LEUER. B+

ANDRE DRUMMOND. A+. Andre Drummond took advantage of the Lakers’ porous interior defense and feasted his way to 24 points and 17 rebounds (five offensive). He missed some easier looks early on, but didn’t get discouraged and let it effect his effort. He kept active on defense all night long and finished with four blocks and three steals. He scored 14 points in the third quarter and then got the entire fourth quarter off.. C. Detroit Pistons

A-. Tobias Harris continues to pour in points while coming off the bench for the Detroit Pistons. Tonight, he was a model of efficiency as he went for 19 points on just 12 shots in only 24 minutes. The Lakers’ bench had no answer for him, and Harris finished with a team high +/- of +24. PF. Detroit Pistons. TOBIAS HARRIS

Detroit Pistons. ISH SMITH. A-. The ONLY reason Ish Smith wasn’t awarded an “A+” was because he had four first half turnovers, and every one of them was egregious. Other than that, Smith was virtually flawless en route to a 10-point, seven-assist, four-rebound showing. He pushed the pace and created easy looks for himself and his teammates all night long.. PG

SF. Detroit Pistons. STANLEY JOHNSON. B+. Stanley Johnson put in yet another solid game where he created plenty of great looks for Detroit. He played a terrific second quarter, scoring five points to go along with three assists, including an awesome drop off pass to Baynes for a slam. Can we finally say that his weird early season funk is behind him for good?

B+. Baynes came in and did what he does: set hard screens, roll hard to the basket, box out and give 100% effort and energy on defense. He finished with 10 points and six rebounds in just 16 minutes of playing time.. C. Detroit Pistons. ARON BAYNES

B+. SVG had the team running good sets out there, and, although they weren’t dropping at first, the team continually got easy looks inside and eventually blew it open. By final buzzer his team had handed out a season-high 32 assists and scored a season-high 70 points in the paint.. Head Coach. Detroit Pistons. STAN VAN GUNDY

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Reggie BullockBoban Marjanovic, Beno Udrih, and Darrun Hilliard all got some fourth-quarter run in junk time. All but Boban (four points, four rebounds) failed to make much of an impact.

Next up, the Detroit Pistons host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.